HMN-We can’t make this stuff up. The title should be “man cooks urine, hazmat is P.O.’ed”
AMHERST â€” Urine was the source of a strong smell that prompted a state Hazardous Materials Response team and bomb squad to evacuate tenants from Brandywine Apartments in North Amherst on Wednesday, according to an Amherst fire official.
The tenant responsible for creating the odor by â€œcookingâ€ his urine was identified by police as Nikolai James, 23. He is not facing criminal charges, police said.
James was transported Wednesday night by an Amherst Fire Department ambulance to Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton for an evaluation.
But James escaped from the hospital Wednesday evening and remains missing as of Thursday afternoon. Northampton Police confirmed that they searched for James following his escape, but were unable to find him and ended their search.
Police responded to Building 6 of the apartment complex off Meadow Street about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday after the manager discovered several unmarked glass containers containing liquids in an apartment. The manager entered the apartment after a neighboring tenant complained of a strong smell, said Amherst Assistant Fire Chief Lindsay Stromgren said.